Ginebra still not at its best despite romp of Magnolia, says Greg Slaughter

MANILA, Philippines – Greg Slaughter believes Barangay Ginebra has yet to play its best basketball even after it demolished rival Magnolia by 20 points in another edition of the Manila Clasico.

The Gin Kings picked apart the Hotshots, 104-84, on Sunday, June 17, for their first back-to-back wins in the PBA Commissioner's Cup and their 3rd triumph in 8 games. 

"I don't even think we're playing at our best right now yet. We got the win today but I think there's still a lot more room, another level that we can get to," said Slaughter, who delivered 12 points and 14 rebounds in the rout. 

"Not just another level, but I think there's still a few more levels we can get to. Hopefully, we just keep going and ride this momentum." 

The win brought Ginebra into a more comfortable position in the playoff race, where 4 teams are still vying for a quarterfinals slot. 

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Alaska Aces, Meralco Bolts and TNT KaTropa already punched their playoff tickets and stand as the leading teams gunning for a Top 2 finish, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage. 

"Every game's kind of a do-or-die for us right now at this point. We can't really afford to take any more losses so you know, one win down," Slaughter said. 

The Gin Kings must win all of their remaining 3 games to secure a quarterfinals berth and they certainly need to play better just like Slaughter said as they face teams that hold better records than them.

Ginebra's next 3 assignments will be against the Columbian Dyip (4-5), Alaska (7-2) and the GlobalPort Batang Pier (4-4). –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.